The first-ever Guest Scotland Exhibition and Conference for Scottish tourism accommodation and retail businesses will take place on 16 & 17 November at the Edinburgh International Climbing Arena at Ratho, Edinburgh (EH28 8AA), and will be opened by Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism & External Affairs Fiona Hyslop MSP.
Guest Scotland is the culmination of a series of exhibition and conferences focused on the smaller tourism accommodation and retail businesses. It follows on from shows held in England (Bristol) and Wales (Llandudno).
Guest Scotland brings together the owners of Scottish B&Bs, guest houses, retail (farm, coffee, tourist, delicatessen shops and independent garden centres), restaurants and pubs with rooms, and self-catering businesses to meet and network with other owners, as well as suppliers, service providers, industry analysts and commentators. The conference and seminar programme at the show will also provide an opportunity to listen and take part in discussion about topical industry issues.
The Scottish Bed & Breakfast Association (SBBA) will be officially launched at the show on 16th November by the Minister.
David Weston, Chairman of the Scottish Bed & Breakfast Association, said:
“Scotland’s B&Bs are world-class, and now have their own trade association, the SBBA – which will inform, support and represent Scottish B&Bs and guest houses, while also remaining fully affiliated with the UK B&B Association. We will be working with the Scottish Government, the Scottish Tourism Alliance and others to champion Scottish B&Bs and fight their corner”
The owners of Scotland’s top B&B will be speaking at the Guest Scotland conference sessions. Carol & Gordon Bulloch of five star Gold B&B The Dulaig in Grantown-on-Spey won the AA Award for Guest Accommodation of the Year for Scotland 2016.
Carol and Gordon are longstanding members of the UK B&B Association, and will officially become the first members of the Scottish Bed & Breakfast Association at its launch on 16th November at Guest Scotland, where they will be revealing the secrets of their success.
Other speakers at Guest Scotland include Marc Crothall, CEO of the Scottish Tourism Alliance, and David Weston, Chairman of the Scottish Bed & Breakfast Association. Conference sessions will cover the use of booking technology by small businesses, social media, B&B regulations, and “Tourism Scotland 2020 – change, challenge and opportunity”.
Exhibitors at Guest Scotland will be suppliers of services and equipment to B&Bs, self-catering accommodation owners and other tourism accommodation businesses.